Barbara McDonald officially became president of North Hennepin Community College July 1. Less than a week into the job, she already has big plans for the college's future.
"We're all about educating a citizenry out there that can contribute back and pay it forward," McDonald said. "Looking at the community college as a whole, we can probably do a better job of outreach to non-traditional students and also reaching better partnerships with our K-12 systems as well, in terms of creating really strong career pathways for our students."
McDonald has been on campus just a few days, so she's still in the process of meeting North Hennepin's diverse student population, but with a new county library being built across the street and a light rail station planned for 85th and West Broadway, it's a significant time for the college.
"We're really excited about that," McDonald said, referring to the Metro Blue Line extension. "That makes North Hennepin a destination for students and will help us build out our plan to help students complete not only their two-year degrees here, but also their four-year degrees through the partnerships that are well underway, with some of our partners in the MnSCU system and beyond."
McDonald says the college already offers several four-year degree programs, and in the next couple years, they're looking at adding another 15 four-year degrees for students to complete right in Brooklyn Park.
Prior to arriving at North Hennepin, McDonald served as interim president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
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